Family-owned since the early 1900s
Bellaire Hardware & Supply Co. evolved in the early 1900s from McVey Plumbing Supply business, located originally on 31st Street across from Frizzi Law Offices. By 1916, Bellaire Hardware & Supply Co. came into existence and occupied the entire corner of 32nd and Union streets, which now is the municipal parking. Back in those days, it was common practice to go to “The Hardware Store” (as locals call it to this day) to get their Sunday chicken, as the back of the store had animals acquired through the bartering system because of difficult economic depressive times.
Charlie Favish soon took ownership of Bellaire Hardware and brought his sons, Simon and Morris, into the business to help him. When Charlie passed away, Morris, the older son, assumed ownership of the business as Simon (Si) soon went into the military. The family business continued at that location on Union Street until 1964, when Morris relocated the store one street west to Belmont Street in the “new” business district. He renovated the former JCPenney building (originally the Thomas Hotel) at 3276 Belmont Street. When Simon returned back from military service, he returned to “The Hardware Store,” where he bought into the business and became co-owner with his brother Morris.
When Morris retired in the 1970s, Si Favish, along with his wife Zelda (Stevens) bought out his brother to become sole owner of Bellaire Hardware and continued to expand the business with the addition of “Toyland,” which occupied the entire second floor of the Belmont Street location. The business thrived and survived many competitors, as three other hardware stores closed their doors in town over the years. Simon and Zelda continued in their ownership of the business until their retirement in 1984.
In September 1984, Tom and Janice Sable, of Bellaire, purchased Bellaire Hardware & Supply Co. and continued the ownership in a family way. Over their 23 years of ownership, their parents, brother and sister would work at the store, bringing a personalized “down-home” atmosphere to the business with the modern day conveniences of the “big box” home centers. In 1995, small-tool equipment rental was added to the lineup, bringing a new dimension to Bellaire Hardware & Supply Co. The name changed to Bellaire Hardware & Equipment Rental to incorporate rental equipment into it operations. After two years, in 1997, larger equipment like skid loaders and trenchers were added to the inventory. Again, new heights were reached as the business outgrew the Belmont Street location. In November 1999, it was moved to a much larger location at 3217 Hamilton Street, the former location of Ragni Beer Distributing. In February 2007, after 23 years of ownership, the Sables retired from the hardware and equipment rental business and sold the business. Brother Steve Sable and loyal employee, Sue (Meeker) Moore continued on with Bellaire Hardware & Equipment Rental.
New owner Kenny Ware took over in March 2007, and continued it’s growth by expanding and relocating the business — now called ICR Equipment Rental, Sales & Supply — to the former Kroger building at the northwest corner of 33rd Hamilton Street. Today, ICR has grown beyond your household hardware store to include all types of industrial supplies, fasteners, customized vending machines, water pump programs, and currently has more than 100 pieces of equipment available to rent.